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Robert Mullins is an associate professor of Biblical Studies at Azusa Pacific University in California. He received his Ph.D. in Archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2003. The subject of his dissertation was, "Beth Shean during the Eighteenth Dynasty: From Canaanite Settlement to Egyptian Garrison", under the supervision of Prof. Amihai Mazar. Bob has excavated over the years at numerous sites in Israel, including Tell Qasile, Jerusalem, Lachish, Dor, Masada, Beth-Shean, Rehov, and Gezer. The bulk of his professional training came while a graduate student and research assistant for his mentor, Professor Amihai Mazar, director of the The Beth-Shean Valley Archaeological Project at Tel Beth-Shean and Tel Rehov. Bob both co-supervised and supervised work in Area R at Beth-Shean from 1989-1996 (on which his dissertation was based) and supervised the excavations in Areas A and B at Tel Rehov from 1997-2000. Bob has also done work in the Amuq Valley of southeastern Turkey under the auspices of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago at Tell Atchana (Alalakh), directed by Professors Aslihan Yener and David Schloen where he worked as a ceramicist, and at Zincirli, directed by Professor David Schloen, where he supervised excavations in the South Gate and on the southern slope of the upper city. 



“The Late Bronze and Iron Age Temples at Beth-Shean.” Temple Building and Temple Cult: Architecture and Cultic Paraphernalia of Temples in the Levant (2nd-1st Millennia BCE). Pp. 127-57. Edited by Jens Kamlah. Abhandlungen des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 41. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2012.

Contributions to Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean, 1989-1996. Volumes I, II, IV. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2007-2012.

Aren Maeir and Robert Mullins, “The Tell el-Yahudieh Ware from Tel Beth Shean.” Pp. 577-89. Edited by D. Aston and M. Bietak. “The Tell el-Yahudieh Ware and its Classification.Tell el-Dabca VIII. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2011.


Entries on “Ai,” “Beth Shean,” “Bull Site” in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter Publishing House, 2009-2011.

“A Comparative Analysis of the Alalakh 2003-2004 Season Pottery with Woolley Levels.” Pp. 51-66. Tell Atchana, Ancient Alalakh. Volume 1. The 2003-2004 Excavation Seasons. Edited by Kutlu Aslihan Yener. Istanbul: Koç University Press, 2010.

Review of “The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel,” by Israel Finkelstein and Amihai Mazar. Edited by Brian B. Schmidt. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2007. In Near Eastern Archaeology 73/4 (2010): 253-54.

Review of “Tel Mor: The Moshe Dothan Excavations, 1959-1960,” by Tristan J. Barako. IAA Reports, No. 32. Jerusalem: Israel Antiquities Authority, 2007. In Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 354 (2009): 86-88.

“A Corpus of Eighteenth Dynasty Egyptian-style Pottery from Tel Beth Shean.” Pp. 247-62 in Volume One, I Will Speak the Riddles of Ancient Times: Archaeological and Historical Studies in Honor of Amihai Mazar on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday. Edited by A. M. Maeir and P. de Miroschedji. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2006.

“From Canaanite Village to Egyptian Stronghold: The Pottery of LB I-IIA at Tel Beth Shean.” Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Archaeology in the Ancient Near East, Copenhagen 2000. 2 vols. International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East – ICAANE2. Edited by Ingolf Thuesen. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2006.

Review of “Near Eastern Archaeology: A Reader,” edited by Suzanne Richard. In Near Eastern Archaeology 69/1 (March 2006): 42-43.

“Beth-Sh[e]an” in Volume Two. Encyclopaedia Judaica. Second Edition. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006.

Review of “Music in Ancient Israel/Palestine: Archaeological, Written, and Comparative Sources,” by Joachim Braun. In Religious Studies Review 29 (2003): 290.

“Beth Shean during the Eighteenth Dynasty: From Canaanite Settlement to Egyptian Garrison.” 2 vols. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2002.

“Rehov (Tel); Sarem (Tell es-).” Pp. 433-35 in Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land. Edited by Avraham Negev and Shimon Gibson. Revised and updated.  New York: Continuum, 2001.

Entries on “Beracah, Valley of,” “Chesalon,” “Chidon” (Vol. 1), “Ijon” (Vol. III), “Me-Jarkon” and “Moza” (Vol. IV) in the Anchor Bible Dictionary. New York: Doubleday, 1991.

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